Tillu Square Review

BOTTOM LINE
One-Liners Hit Out of the Park

RATING
2.75/5

CENSOR
U/A, 2h 5m


siddu-jonnalagadda-tillu-square-telugu-movie-reviewWhat Is the Film About?

While ‘DJ Tillu’ focuses on the problems faced by Radhika, ‘Tillu Square’ explores the mix of issues he encounters due to his past with Radhika and his new love interest Lilly. The core plot of the film revolves around how he eventually escapes Lilly’s trap.

Performances

There is no exaggeration if we say Siddhu single-handedly carried the film on his shoulders from the first shot until the last. Not just the energy he brings in, but also continuing the subtle Tillu attitude and making it lovable throughout is the biggest USP for the film, and full credit goes to Siddu Jonnalagadda.

It is not an easy task to stay entertained when the lead role speaks non-stop; it can inject a sense of tiredness. However, here it is his ease and infectious body language that take care of it.

The styling department should receive appreciation for presenting him in the best looks, whether it’s his hairstyle or the costumes. They add a lot to the vibe the film needs to maintain.

‘Tillu Square’ is sure to attract more audiences for Siddhu to look forward to his films, and it is his choices that will determine his growth from now on, as the penetration into newer audiences via the Tillu Square will be further established.

Anupama Parameswaran, portraying Lilly, bears the burden of matching the standard set by Neha Shetty as Radhika. Anupama’s transformation into Tillu’s girl, which requires chic looks and heating up the screen, is impressive, and she delivers what’s required. However, in comparison, the way her role is written or the situations between her and Tillu don’t match up to Radhika’s in DJ Tillu.


director-mallik-ramAnalysis

Tillu Square is directed by Mallik Ram, who shoulders the burden of the cult character created by another director Vimal Krishna, who delivered DJ Tillu.

If something goes wrong in the sequel, the major blame will be on the new director Mallik Ram, terming it as an ‘unnecessary sequel’ or the director who spoiled Tillu’s character. However, he, along with Siddhu, who played the crucial role in writing, successfully avoids these.

The film takes off utilizing the title cards with Siddhu’s voiceover recapping the highlights of DJ Tillu, the first part. What follows are some back-to-back hot scenes and some skin show and lip locks, giving doubts that the film is slipping too much into the ‘Hot’ zone to attract youth. But luckily, once they start connecting the dots with ‘Radhika’ issues from DJ Tillu and merging them into Tillu Square, that feeling goes away.

Even though some scenes look forced and some, like those involving Prince Cecil, look terribly loud, what works are superbly written one-liners that constantly hit the roof. The idea of using Chandramukhi song brings the house down. It is hilarious. Overall, while the interval twist isn’t very impressive, the entire first half provides passable fun.

The second half begins by establishing a spy operation for Siddhu. Again, what makes most of the second half entertaining is the writing department. It’s the non-stop quality one-liners that take center stage; there’s almost a dialogue that works in almost every other scene. At one point, we feel tired of listening to Siddhu’s non-stop one-liners, even though they are effective; they are that non-stop.

The biggest miss in Tillu Square is failing to capture the organic tense situations like in the first part between Tillu and Radhika. Here, Tillu-Lilly doesn’t match without any doubt in comparison. Also, Tillu is such an established character by now that the freshness felt in the first part is absent here, as the focus is mainly on quick laughs rather than trying something different.

Even though the film has a super-crisp runtime, one can’t stop feeling the drag towards the end. But the idea of ending the film on a well-written dialogue from Siddhu to Lilly works aptly for a wrap-up.

Overall, Siddhu’s infectious energy, non-stop one-liners that constantly hit the roof, along with the quirky BGM, make it a fun watch, though Tillu-Lilly doesn’t repeat the magic of Tillu-Radhika’s.


anupama-parameswarantillu-square-telugu-movie-reviewPerformances by Others Actors

Though ‘Tillu Square’ features a bunch of supporting cast members, they are mostly overshadowed by Siddhu’s screen presence. However, among them, it is the father role played by Muralidhar Goud that once again shows his mark.

Prince Cecil gets to act in a few blocks, but every time he shows up on-screen, he literally irritates; part of it is due to the way it is executed and also because he performs loudly. Murali Sharma has a brief role that’s not worth discussing. Praneeth Reddy, as Marcus, Tillu’s friend, does his job well. The rest don’t make much of an impact.


music-director-ram-miriyalaMusic and Other Departments?

Music directors Ram Miriyala and Achu Rajamani delivered decent audio, if not chartbusters, but they are used effectively in the film. However, it is the background score by Bheems Ceciroleo that stood as a strong backbone for the film. Bheems delivered a score that sounds quirky, new, and elevates Tillu’s acts. The sounds are fresh and instantly bring the vibe that’s a must for the visuals.

Cinematography by Sai Prakash Ummadisingu is good. Since he was the DOP for “DJ Tillu”, he understands the visual tone that’s required, and he delivers the job well. Editing by Navin Nooli is decent, despite the feeling of some repetitiveness and occasional drag towards the end in a crisp film.


Highlights?

Siddhu’s infectious energy

Well-written ROFL one-liners

Trendy BGM

Effectively integrating DJ Tillu’s plot into Tillu Square

Drawbacks?

Tillu-Lilly pair lacks original magic

Repetitiveness in comedy pattern

Lag in a crisp film

Ordinarily scripted support roles


muralidhar-goud-tillu-square-telugu-movie-reviewDid I Enjoy It?

Yes, as a fun one-time watch

Will You Recommend It?

Yes, for entertainment

Tillu Square Movie Review by M9

Final Report:

Tillu Square is a perfect package where one-liners continuously peak, ensuring a fun one-time watch. Tillu is sure to entertain you despite lacking the original cult freshness and Radhika’s magic. Go for it.

First Half Report:

Siddhu shoulders almost every single scene in the first half with his energy and attitude, delivering some one-liners that hit the roof, along with a passable interval twist.

Tillu Square took off with a recap using trendy title cards and voice-over dialogues by Siddhu. Stay tuned for the first half report.

Tillu Square is a follow-up to DJ Tillu, which turned into a cult favorite due to the way it’s written, presented, and acted by Siddu Jonnalagadda. The Tillu character has grown over time, appealing to youths, ladies, and families. Now, returning with Tillu Square, there’s a new romantic interest and a fresh problem. Stay tuned for the Tillu Square review from the U.S. premiere.

Cast: Sidhu, Anupama Parameswaran

Director: Mallik Ram

Editor: Navin Nooli
Cinematography: Sai Prakash Ummadisingu

Background Score: Bheems Ceciroleo
Music: Ram Miriyala & Achu Rajamani

Producers: Suryadevara Naga Vamsi & Sai Soujanya
Banner: Sithara Entertainments, Fortune Four Cinemas
Presenter: Srikara Studios

PRO: Venugopal

U.S. Distributor: Prathyangira Cinemas